National Geographic : 1941 Jul
Staff Photographer Harrison Howell Walker Ephrata Cloisters, Now Stark and Weather-beaten, Once Housed the Curious "Society ofthe Solitary" Here Johann Conrad Beissel, religious refugee from Germany, founded the strange monastic community in 1732,along Cocalico Creek (page 38). Hecalled it Ephrata, an old designation for Bethlehem. Soon he had 300 followers. At the Cloisters many famous works, including Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, were printed in German. Pictured here is the Women's Building.